Singapore (VNA), March 5 -- Singaporean Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen has held phone talks with US Secretary of Defence Lloyd A us tin, during which they reaffirmed strong bilateral defence ties between the two countries and their desire to further deepen the relations.

In his Facebook post on March 3, Ng Eng Hen said that during their phone talks, the two sides discussed security challenges in the region, including the persistent threat of terrorism.

The minister said that he looks forward to working closely with Austin to ensure that the region continues to enjoy stability, peace and progress.

The phone talks was a meeting of minds, shared perspectives and values on the foundations of stability and progress - the rule of law, peace...